Attorney Profile

Dawn Winalski

Of Counsel

Dawn Winalski joined the Hobbs Straus Portland office in July 2018. Prior to joining Hobbs Straus, Dawn served as an Assistant Borough Attorney with the North Slope Borough in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska. Living in the Arctic, she provided direct client counseling to the Mayor, Assembly and Departments of a county-level government on a wide variety of topics in municipal law. As the lead attorney on environmental matters, she worked closely with scientists, regulators and subsistence hunters on the analysis of onshore and offshore oil & gas projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and other statutes. She participated in endangered species litigation related to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals and polar bear critical habitat, and worked to protect the traditional and cultural rights of Alaska Natives to hunt for subsistence purposes.

Before moving to Alaska, Dawn served as a Judicial Clerk for Judge Matarazzo at the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon. Dawn is a 2009 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. She clerked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel, and the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Section. During law school, she worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Adell Amos and Professor Mary Wood, served as a Co-Director for the 2008 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, and was an Associate Editor for Oregon Law Review.

Dawn grew up in Connecticut. She enjoys traveling, running, and watching college basketball. She also teaches yoga.

Selected Publications

Cleaner Water in China? The Implications of the Amendments to China's Law on the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, 24 J. Envtl. Law and Litigation 181 (2009)

Professional Organizations

Oregon State Bar Association, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section, Indian Law Section, Non-Profit Law Section, Sustainable Future Section
Alaska Bar Association, Environmental/Natural Resources Law Section, Alaska Native Law Section, Municipal Law Section, Arctic Law Section
Oregon Women Lawyers


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2009, Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
University of Rhode Island, B.S., magna cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

Oregon State Bar
Alaska Bar Association
U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court - District of Alaska